Lucky Kat | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Lucky KatLucky Kat

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lucky Kat purrs as he pours with a grin on his mangy face and a grin in his searching eye. He sits on the fence he calls home, dividing up from down. Is he an imperial beast or a pale soul from the east? Only he knows and we know only this: if you reach out to pet him he'll bite back with a big, hoppy kiss.

60 IBU

Added by jjayjaye on 02-14-2008

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Photo of JamesS
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light copper color with some very good initial head and some nice lacing. It has a very citrus-hop scent, without much else, not very balanced, but what's there is nice. Same for the taste, except there is a little more floral taste than what is gotten through the scent. The beer is a little rough, but still well worth a shot. Except for the possible exception of Jinx, this is my favorite Magic Hat brew.

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Photo of generallee
4.23/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a deep amber or copper color with very good clarity. The head builds up tall and fluffy. Its head is just off white in color and leaves cool rings of lacing on the glass.

Smell: There is a big fruity hop aroma with some hints of citrus and pine.

Taste/Mouth feel: It starts with a doughy, sort of earthy malt with some mild sweetness and light caramel notes. Hop flavor slowly takes over with fruity, citrus and mild pine notes. Its hop flavor is very big and juicy yet bitterness is more modest making it very easy and fun to drink. The finish is semi-dry with a nice bitter fade. Its medium bodied with average carbonation and a slick easy drinking texture.

Notes: Wonderful flavor with judicious hoping and balance.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the brewery. Poured a hazy amber color with an eggshell-white head that displayed good retention and some broken lacing. Aromas were fairly strong, piney and citrusy hops with a green, horse-blanket background. The flavors were more subtle, a spicy hop character at first mellowed out by some earthiness in the malts. Bitter, maybe a little too bitter and a slightly oily finish on the tongue. Heavy body for an IPA and medium carbonation. Is it a good IPA? Yes. But the Hi.P.A which is simultaneously available is better. Why release two beers of the same style from the same brewery at the same time? Yet another oddity from the Magic Hat minds...

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Photo of Freshie
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat amber color for an IPA. Light wispy head.

Smell is raw, with a slight spicy aroma. Some sweet notes as well.

The taste is spicy hops upfront. Sweet buttery malt comes through in the middle.

A very interesting IPA, and probably the best beer from Magic Hat in awhile. A good sweet malt flavor backed up with strong hop bite.

Aftertaste is a bit oily, but the spicy hops stick around and leave you wanting more. Yum.!

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Body is a slightly cloudy amber that pours with a nice, thick, creamy white head that slowly fades to 1/2 a finger and retains well from there. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Citrus and earthy hops upfront with a backbone of a sugary sweetness and a touch of piny hops. A bit of resin too.

T-Flavor is mild upfront with earthy hops being the main character. A hint of pine flavor also is present. The finish is also mild but the piny hops come through a little more. Slowly after swallowing a resiny hop bitterness comes from nowhere and lingers with medium strength for a long time.

M-Carbonation is high and tingly with a medium weight rather smooth body.

D- This is a rather boring beer that turns pretty bitter in the end. Drinkability is average because it's unoffensive for the most part. Not a beer that I would pay for again though.

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Photo of DeepSix
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass. Its color is a very nice dark amber, maybe just a little darker then other IPAs. Nice head retention stays there for a bit. Also more lacey then I'm used to with from other IPAs.

Can smell the hops quite well. Good overall smell, like flowers almost.

Can certainly tell the hops in this quite bitter, its almost a little too bitter. Don't detect much sweetness from this beer. Quite an overpowering hop taste that overwhelms any other potential favors.

Overall a pretty good IPA, if a little on the too-hoppy side, not sure if you could do a lot of these in a row.

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Photo of mtbbaboon
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper color, very dark compared to most other IPA's I've had. Started off with a head that filled half the glass, but the guy working the tap poured off the head and kept refilling until the head was non-existent and beer filled the glass. Smelled real hoppy and citrusy with some floral notes. Medium bodied and carbonated. Very heavy mouthfeel for an IPA. The taste was overpowered by hops, but I liked it. Had some mild fruit tones and was bitter. Certainly a different kind of IPA, but overall it was a pretty good drink...good enough that I ordered two rounds.

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Photo of Jayli
4.23/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of the magic hat brews, so I was intrigued and excited about this beer.
The beer pours a cloudy copperish color with about a 2 finger whitish head.
There is a great tasting beer, strong on the hops at first sip with a smooth follow through. I was expecting more bite, but was very happy with the overall taste to this beer.
This beer has a good mouth feel, at times may feel light, but it is the perfect compliment to taste and smell.
This is a great addition to the Magic Hat family. It is definitely a beer that has drinkability.

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Photo of 513hooligan
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

the color was a wonderful change from what i had been drinking so far that day. beautiful dark amber. very even lacing. lots of carbonation. maybe it was just a bad pour but it had quite a bit of head. quite bitter with a smell of citrus and a bit of hay. i don't think i could drink more than one or maybe two of these in a row. aftertaste lingers quite a while. use this maybe to contrast some bitter greens from a fresh garden. or with any sort of citrus dessert.

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Photo of bobsy
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like cats and I like IPAs, so perhaps a marriage made in heaven? Light amber body with a tight white head. Good lacing. Floral aroma, with lots of grapefruit. Extremely strong flavour of hop bitterness makes this one of the hoppiest beers I've had. Its certainly not a balanced beers, but the quality of the hop flavour almost makes up for this. Mouthfeel is medium, and a bit oily (hop oil). Drinkability might be tough - having one is fine, but the bitterness would overpower if you had more than that. I found this to be a pretty solid IPA.

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium apricot color with moderate white creamy head. Modest retention with very nice lacing.

Smell presents with a firm hoppiness, dominated by citrus notes.

Taste also also a strong hop character, with barely a touch of malt.

Ending is moderately dry and very teasty.

A very pleasant beer. Very easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of JRed
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat Lucky Kat is a good representation of what most cats are actually like: docile and unique but lack personality. The smell is rather bland almost to the point of nonexistence. It is also a rather weak IPA, no bite behind this beer's bark, or should I say meow. Highly drinkable and light but Magic Hat sacrifices taste with this one. All in all, not a bad beer by any means but nothing worth running home about. Pretty good but nothing great comes from this brew.

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Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magic Hat Lucky Kat
12 oz brown bottle
Freshness date notched off for October
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a burnt orange color with mini carbonation bubbles that race to the top of the glassware. A fluffy head forms on top with nice sustain. Nice trails of sticky lace cling all over. Better than expected appearance.

Floral nose with hints of citrus fruits.

A toasted grain and biscuit malt backbone with a super hoppy finish. The hop presence is significant in this beer with flavors of orange, apricot and pine needles. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a moderate carbonation. I like it. I drank this beer rather quickly - always a good sign.

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Photo of animal69
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy reddish-gold w/ a thick off-white head which left a good lacing in my chalice ; a strong citrusy pine aroma semming a bit "cattish" (no pun intended), hints of cereal grain and nuts ; good initial hop bite, piney hop flavor with a good malt backbone, nuts, caramel and some darker fruits ; body borderlines light seeming a bit thin compared to the flavor, a decent level of co2 tho ; a very drinkable beer and a good Am. IPA, glad i found it in sixers for the summer...

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"best by" of aug 2008, poured into shaped pint glass

slightly hazy, pale amber honey color. decent head fades to thin layer. some lacing.

aroma has fruity peach and citrus, hint of pine. whiff of malt.

similar flavors, with some faint acidity. moderate to bold bitterness in the lightly resiny hops. caramelized malts in the background, but are only supporting role to the hops, which persist into the finish.

not to thin, but bordering on watery. lively carbonation.

decent and drinkable. although would have liked some more malt and texture.

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Photo of albern
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very respectable IPA, and reasonably complex. The beer pours a clear orange amber color with a creamy off white head. The aroma is a big English style hop nose with plenty of citrus and floral notes underneath. There is one particular floral aromatic that is definitely difficult to pin down, but I'm going to call it daffodil.

The taste at first was a very bready and biscuity English IPA with a slightly bittering, tea like Noble hop bite. There is also a pleasant creaminess to this beer. As the beer settles, the biscuity notes fade a bit, as does some of the creaminess, and the florals present themselves. I'm getting a big burst of lemon and orange rind, with some additional peppery spice in the finish. There is a floral burst to this beer, but anchored quite nicely to a bready English style malt underbelly. This is a nice summery IPA.

The aftertaste is modest, the carbonation also modest; I do wish the beer had a tad more creaminess, which tends to fade after the initial pour. This is a nice IPA well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

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Photo of deanhead
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber orange color with a voluminous head. Very bright beer!.

It's aroma is biscuity ,bready & buttery but not laced with diacetyl. No giant hop aroma is jumping out at me here.

Tastes clean and slightly buttery. Very bitter beer, on the verge of harsh, some slight hints of vegetable.

Medium bodied, and creamy beer.

Highly drinkable beer. I could actually consume several of these.

Kudos to Magic Hat for coming out with a respectable product that I actually enjoy. I used to consume allot of their products in the early 90's but eventually left them when the stopped making Blind Faith.
This is a rock solid beer from an otherwise lackluster brewery.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy orange amber with a head head.

Smell. Nice hop aroma that is full of caramel, lemon citrus hops with a small metallic aroma to it..

Taste. First flavor i got was an orange citrus flavor. Overall it is hoppier, but there is a significant malt flavor to it. Has a tart citrus to it, and as it warms, a peppery caramel to it, but it;s light citrus flavor is what i get the most. Aftertaste turns sweet to me.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Is hoppy, but balance keeps it in check.

Overall, a nice balanced american ipa. Is tasty and sticks out as being a little different, but overall not one i would consider a great ipa.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.3/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was served this beer on tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse, NY

I was initially surprised by the light copper color and very little head that greeted me.

Not impressed with this effort.

I thought it offered no balance and was way too sweet.

Initial hop bitterness but this doesn't last and you are left with a sweet aftertaste with no balance.

No hop flavor lingers.

Move onto your next available choice.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Quick six west. Poured at cellar temp into my session ale glass. The cap says "embrace alternative methods at this time"

A - Deep copper and ruddy brown hues w/ a lid that emerges from the top of the Dupont glass w/ 3 fingers of proud puffy cream w/ an ultra fine bead. There is a slight haze from the hops in the ale.

S - A nice floral hop scent w/ accents of woody hops w/ light pine and toasted malt + perhaps a dash of citrus under the biscuit in the aroma

M - Moderately carbonated w/ med body,mild bitterness for the style w/ a light sweet and dry malt texture. The feel is more astringent as it warms w/ an echo of bitterness in the mostly clean ale finish

T - A bit of sweet pale malt w/ a touch of bitter fruit and woody sappy hops w/ toasted malt as in the aroma. A gentle grapefruit nuance is noted as the ale warms. There is sweetness, but also a tart fruit(mango?) flavor that goes with it and the hops are more bitter as the beer is held in the mouth and they also seem spicier.

D - A very nice IPA w/ some balance. For me this Kat is Lucky and I hope to taste more since it was great on tap ( at Philly craft beer fest) and in the bottle

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is an unintelligible date on the bottle, but it ends with 08.

Poured into a hotel rocks glass, yeah the pickings are slim here. On the light side of amber, and a bit hazy, with a pretty tight one-finger head.

Smell of fresh piney hops, earthy malt and a bit of spice. Interesting spruce-like notes. Tastes of pine and spruce spiciness, caramel and sweet malts. Nice. Not a big bitter finish or anything, but the hops live on for a bit.

Medium bodied, not over carbonated, with a real nice smooth feel. Not a bad AIPA at all.

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Photo of kenito799
2.44/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

20 oz pour at Suspenders, Wall St, Manhattan.

Medium amber arrived with almost no head; no lacing, either.

Aroma is redolent of piney and floral hops, smells pretty good. First sip is nice, unassuming malt delivers a fairly large wallop of hoppy flavor and then a rather tongue-searing bitter finish that lingers eternally. Taste is good but the effect is unbalanced, just not enough sweetness or other malt flavor to offset the bitterness; in the end complexity and drinkability suffer greatly. The bitter aftertaste accumulates to almost give a cigarette ash taste in the mouth. It's too bad, because the hops taste nice, but you can't just suck on hops (or at least I don't want to).

Food would likely redeem this beer, and the astringent sour bitterness might provide a nice counterpoint to St Louis BBQ ribs, or fries, or a burger drenched in KC Masterpiece; my ratings are for the beer standing alone.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.99/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very clear amber, with a nice, fluffy head with little columns of bubbles up the side. Lacing is mediocre, but not a bad looking beer all in all. The aroma, however, is thin and slightly acidic without much in the way of hop character. The flavor is decent, but has that indefinable, love-it-or-hate-it Magic Hat house taste. Adequate malt, but a faint acidity on the back end that's not entirely pleasant. It has a nice hop bite in the back of the mouth, but not much in terms of fruit or flower elsewhere. It gives it a thin, slightly sour character unleavened by any sweetness. The mouth feel is thin and watery.

This not an awful beer, but hardly a sterling example of an IPA and hardly the best of Magic Hat's offerings (Bottom line: Buy the HIPA instead).

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat- Lucky Kat

A- Golden orange with a soft creamy head. Good messy lacing.
S- Solid citrus rind with a creamy malt aroma.
T- Soft buttery malt with a huge dose of citrus (Orange and Grapefruit) rind. Floral hops present in the end.
M- Soft and smooth throughout with a touch of oily hop bitterness in the end.

Overall- Pleasantly suprised with this 1. A good solid session IPA.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has an apricot colored body with a slight hazy and a good carbonation of bubbles. The yellowish-tan head is made up mostly of big bubbles and then fades to a thin film.

S- The soft notes of dried fruit have a slight sweetness to them that blends into a green pine hops. The smell is pretty clean even after it warms a bit.

T- This beer has a soft biscuit malt flavor with a slight sweetness of apricots behind it. There is a caramel malt flavor that comes through when it warms and a full green pine hop bitterness at the finish. The bitterness lingers a bit after each sip.

M- This beer has a meidum-full mouthfeel with a slightly creamy texture.

D- This beer is a nice session beer with a unique twist to the hops by complimenting it with some fruit. The creamy texture really gave it that cask feel which was nice.

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Lucky Kat from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.54 out of 5 based on 484 ratings.
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